Source: How to Add Shine to Natural Hair
Sometimes natural hair can seem dull (even after conditioner, creams, and butters). From the start, tightly coiled hair has a harder time reflecting light. But if you want your curls to shine like Solange Knowles's, there are a few tricks to try for glistening (not greasy) curls.
Vinegar: One culprit for dull hair can be product buildup. If you primarily stick to conditioner washing and sulfate-free shampoo, styling remnants can still be weighing your hair down. Try a clarifying shampoo at least once a month. You can also add an apple cider vinegar rinse after every cleanse to get rid of the buildup and seal the cuticle.
Cool Water: Giving your head a shot of cold water after a deep conditioning treatment seals in moisture, which creates a smooth, glossy finish. When you cut down on frizz, you can increase the amount of shine.
Heat: Stretching hair with a blow dryer before styling helps add shine by creating more surface area for the light to
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- POPSUGAR Beauty | Beauty – Fri, Nov 30, 2012 4:24 PM EST
Source: The Easy Way to Style Your Short Hair For the HolidaysRead More »from The Easy Way to Style Your Short Hair for the Holidays
Formal events for short hair can be an uphill battle. Since updos are out of the question, how do ladies who have committed to the crop pull off hair that's party-ready? The answer is actually much easier than you think. "Formal hair for women with short hair is all about texture," says celebrity stylist Mark Townsend, who has done hair for Christina Aguilera and Natalie Portman. "Go for a style that's a little bit more than your natural hairstyle."
Depending on how long your short style is, the type of texture you add will be different. For ultrashort pixie cuts (think Anne Hathaway), go for a smooth blowout with lots of shine. "Shorter textures look more formal when they're shiny and smooth," Townsend says. Spritz your strands with a thermal spray like Rusk Thermal Shine Spray ($16) before blowing it dry with a round brush. If you want to add a bit of texture, try working in Serge Normant's Meta Form Sculpting Pomade
Source: What We're Sweet On: A Softly Scented PowderRead More »from What We're Sweet On: A Softly Scented Powder
Dusting powders always seem so old-fashioned, but in my book, that's a good thing. Elegantly held in appealingly retro packaging, Lollia's Calm dusting powder ($28) is too pretty to be stashed away. A fluffy puff distributes the rice powder, adding fresh scents of hyacinth, iris, and vetiver. No shimmer, no glitter - just smoother, softly fragranced skin. It's perfect after moisturizing, before bed, or any other time when you want to feel like a lady.
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Source: 3 Ways to Style Your Fringe
At the LACMA Gala, the red carpet was filled with fancy fringe (and we're not just talking about the attire). Evan Rachel Wood, Salma Hayek, and Asia Chow were among the many who sported banged hairstyles. Get ideas for wearing your bangs proudly to your next formal affair:
- If you're in the midst of growing out your bangs, choose Evan's parted style. It is the perfect choice when bangs have gotten too long to keep hair out of your eyes.
- Salma went for a more mussed updo, with long tendrils pulled out of her ballerina bun. Try this piecey look if the shorter hair around your face won't quite reach into a pinned-up style or high ponytail.
- For blunt bangs, go the retro route like Asia. Her straight-cropped fringe is reminiscent of Bettie Page or Louise Brooks and works well with cascading waves.
Insider Tip: No matter how you style your bangs, remember to apply hair spray to your comb or fingers first in order to avoid a face full of unwanted Read More »from 3 Ways to Style Your Fringe
Source: Why Strong Brows Are a Strong Beauty StatementRead More »from Why Strong Brows Are a Strong Beauty Statement
You don't have to wear bold colors to make a bold makeup statement. Ginnifer Goodwin looked striking with soft shades of pink paired with stunning arches at this weekend's LACMA 2012 Art + Film Gala. The structured look complemented her sleek pixie and the embellished neckline of her black Gucci dress. She balanced her bold brows with flirty lashes and thin winged liner.
Looking to frame your eyes with full, well-groomed brows, too? Opt for a brow pencil like Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Precision Brow Pencil ($24), which features a fine tip to fill in sparse areas or draw a natural looking shape (plus, the brush on the end allows you to groom every hair into place). To achieve more prominent brows, you can exaggerate the shape by slightly elongating the ends. The final touch: set your look with brow gel or wax for a polished finish.
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- POPSUGAR Beauty | Beauty – Tue, Oct 30, 2012 5:49 PM EDT
Source: The Truth About Big Pores (And What You Can Do About Them)Read More »from The Truth About Big Pores (And What You Can Do About Them)
Looking to shrink your pores down to a less, ahem, visible size? Don't bother reaching for a product claiming to close them. "Pores don't actually open and close," says celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas. "What people are really complaining about is the fact that their pores are dirty, and it calls attention to them." So those large-looking openings that line around your nose and dot your forehead? Just in need of some serious deep cleaning. Joanna shares her insight and tips for keeping things looking tight when you keep reading.
"People don't really think of exfoliation as an important at-home step," Vargas says. Because regular exfoliation is important, she's a fan of the Clarisonic Skincare Brush ($119) for those with non-sensitive skin because it exfoliates while cleansing. Like putting product into your own hands? Look for a scrub that has salicylic acid and lactic acid, she advises. Both will help to keep pores
Source: 2 Treatments to Do Before You ShampooRead More »from 2 Treatments to Do Before You Shampoo
Most people consider the shampoo bowl the beginning of your weekly hair care regimen. But there are things you can do before you wash to achieve longer and more vibrant locks. Get some pre-'poo ideas from celebrity colorist Beth Minardi when you read more.
1. Hot Oil Treatments "My grandmother would heat up olive oil, put it in her hair, then start at the bottom of her neck and work all the way up," Minardi recalls. "She said to me, 'It's good to do this every week. This is what my mother did in Italy.'" If you have fine hair, steer clear of heavier oils like olive oil (which is best reserved for coarse and kinky textures). Instead Minardi recommends more watery oils such as sesame or walnut oil. The smaller molecules make it easier to rinse out of hair.
2. Protein Treatment One crucial ingredient to strengthen hair is protein - hence, all the mayonnaise conditioner recipes of yesteryear. Minardi recommends whipping together egg whites
Source: How to Update the Smoky Eye For FallRead More »from How to Update the Smoky Eye for Fall
The smoky eye is getting a makeover this Fall. Gone are the days of the monotone black shadow covering the lids. Now, this makeup staple is coming in new colors and shapes. Get tips for creating these smoky eye looks from the runways whether it's winged, under-eye, or highbrow.
Up and away: As seen on the Versace runway, the smoky eye is getting a tilt this season. While winged eyeliner is an ever-present trend, extended eye shadow shapes are becoming more prominent, too. To get this look, bring shadow from the crease to the end of the brows. Then curve the end back around to line the lower lashes.
From down under: Shadow is no longer just for your lids. Colors (and the smoky eye) are bleeding down underneath the eye, as at L'Wren Scott. The key to mastering this under-eye technique is to use waterproof products to avoid smudging or smearing. Apply product with an angled brush so that your liner doesn't turn out too thick.
- POPSUGAR Beauty | Beauty – Tue, Oct 30, 2012 5:40 PM EDT
Source: How You Can Take the Perfect Beach Waves Into FallRead More »from How You Can Take the Perfect Beach Waves into Fall
Just because Summer is more like a distant memory, doesn't mean you have to ditch your beach waves. Model Erin Wasson made an appearance on Extra last night, sporting tousled waves that were completely seasonless. Lucky for us, this casual look is easy to create. After washing your hair, create a part and rough-dry your hair with your hands (or let it air-dry). Once your hair is just slightly damp, spritz in a sea salt spray like Bumble and bumble Surf Spray ($24) and work through with your fingers. Next, gently separate your hair into two halves and create loose buns on each side. Make sure to twist away from your face to get a flattering result. Just let dry overnight and wake up to effortless waves. For a dry-hair version, simply use the beach spray on dry locks, twist into buns, and use a blow dryer to set the look. Let your hair cool while you do your makeup, and there you have it: perfect waves.
- POPSUGAR Beauty | Beauty – Tue, Oct 23, 2012 8:58 PM EDT
BellaSugarSource: 21 Reasons You're Breaking Out (and What to Do About It)
The only thing more frustrating than recurring breakouts is not knowing where they come from. Is it stress? Hormones? Or just terribly bad complexion luck? Worry no more. Instead, clear up your mind - and your skin - with this guide to the causes of breakouts. Once you know what's causing acne to flare up, it's easy to develop a plan of attack. Read on to see what culprits could be responsible for your blemishes (and what to do about it).
- Your Makeup Brushes Aren't Clean: On your list of things to do, washing makeup brushes probably ranks somewhere between watching an ALF marathon and cleaning the litter box. If you want a clear complexion, though, you've got to do it. Otherwise, bacteria grows - and dirty brushes will just transfer that bacteria to your face.
- It's in Your Genes: Did your dad have acne? Do your siblings? Lucky you, it just might run in the family. A 2002 British study suggests that 81 percent of